Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop

Fruita

Uncompahgre Plateau, Colorado

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Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop

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  • At the start of the trail there are a few decently sized obstacles to clear.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • The Colorado River greets a rider starting the loop.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • The vast canyons spread out below Steve's Loop.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • Riders become tiny dots on the cliffs across the canyon.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • Amazing views from every angle while riding in this tranquil place.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • The trail gets very close to the canyon rim at times.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • Giant cracks in the earth open onto vast canyons just ahead.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • Rock ledges make up much of this ride with little sand to worry about.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • Quick hike-a-bike section in the middle of the ride.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • The trail is fast and tightly packed in most sections.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • Amazing views abound.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • Views along Steve's Loop.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • At the last part of the trail you'll be rewarded with snaking views of the singletrack you just cleared.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
  • Stop to take in the views of the river below before you finish the trail.- Kokopelli Loops Mountain Bike Trails: Steve's Loop
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Pros: 
A little less traveled than other loops at McInnis Cayon. Spectacular views with meandering canyons. Smooth singletrack.
Cons: 
Little tree cover means no shade in this area.
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Region:
Uncompahgre Plateau, CO
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
254.00 ft (77.42 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
3.26 mi (5.25 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,712.00 ft (1,436.22 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Steve’s Loop is one of many quintessential mountain bike trails to ride while in the Fruita area, and it typifies the kinds of terrain and awe-inspiring vistas that help make Fruita and the Grand Valley a world-class destination for mountain biking. This ride will take you across the tops of a series of finger-like red rock canyons, cruising high above the banks of the Colorado River, and running close enough to the canyon rim to make a few spots a bit intense in terms of exposure. This trail is enjoyable in both directions depending on which way you choose to enter from Mary’s Loop, and it can be easily added to any number of routes here in McInnis Canyon.  

Tires gobble up the rocky desert trail as miles slip by with jaw-dropping scenery waiting at every turn. The ride is smooth and relatively flat, making this a fun loop to catch at the end of a long day of riding, or a short out-and-back just to see McInnis Canyon. A notable feature of this loop is the pile of rubble that interrupts the trail halfway through the ride. You'll have to dismount and complete a small scrabble up the rock pile to the finish the rest of the trail. 

The last part of the loop described here puts you on the cliff face hundreds of feet above the section of trail that you just completed. Stop to take in the beautiful views of the Colorado River from here as well as watch the tiny ant-like riders snake along the canyon plateau below. Once you have experienced the trails here, it's easy to see why this ride is one of the area's best. Be sure to check out Horsetheif Bench if you are exploring more trails in this incredible trail system.

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